Literary events mark Holocaust Memorial Day across NI

Holocaust Memorial Day is on Saturday 27th January. This year’s theme is ‘The Power of Words’, which explores how language has been used in the past, how it is used today and its impact. The words we use have an impact, for good and bad, upon us, those around us and the world in general.

HMD has taken place in the UK since 2001, with a UK event and over 7,700 local activities taking place on or around 27 January each year. Last year, Lagan Online released ‘How can life go on?’: Poems and Prose for Holocaust Memorial Day. We will once again later this month, be releasing an e-pamphlet of poems to mark the day.

Below, we look at the literary line-up using ‘the power of words’ in a week of events planned across Northern Ireland. The full line-up of talks, film screenings, commemorations and more is available here.

The Power of Words
Saturday 20th January, 4pm, Blackberry Path Art Studio Bangor 
Join some of Northern Ireland’s most prominent writers, reading work written for the Holocaust Memorial. There shall also be a display of art and photography by local artists.

Judgement at Nuremberg
Tuesday 23rd to Tuesday 30th January, various venues and times
Ad Hoc Theatre Group presents a staged reading of the play written by Abby Mann, forty years after the famous film (in which he won the Academy award for best screenplay) about four German Judges facing trial on charges of crimes against humanity as part of the Nuremberg trials after the Second World War. Based on the Justice trial, this fictionalised account of the fourth trial at Nuremberg gives the importance of witness testimony to crimes of genocide.

Poetry Writing Workshop
Down County Museum, 10am, Saturday 27th January
This workshop will give participants the chance to create pieces exploring the theme. It is facilitated by poet, Olive Broderick, whose most recent collection Night Divers is published by Templar Poetry. Olive facilitates ‘Poems on a Sunday Afternoon’ in partnership with Down Arts Centre and hosts the ‘Words for Castle Ward’ writing group. Places are limited to 12, and while the workshop is free, pre-booking is required.

Poems on a Sunday Afternoon
Down Arts Centre, 2.30pm, Sunday 28th January
PoaSA invites you, as always, to join them and to share a piece of your own writing (poem, short story, novel extract, song or other) or a favourite piece of writing. Though they encourage pieces on the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day, all pieces are warmly welcomed. Work will also be read created in Saturday’s workshop.

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